W. Lee Bailey has donated two works to Tom of Finland Foundation:
The gift also included a Saint Andrews cross built by Gary O’Neil in 1998 of Wolf Productions, Minneapolis.
ToFF is very appreciative for Lee’s continued support and assistance.
by Anthony Glassman
The Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend board announced on June 21 that April’s 11th annual CLAW festivities raised over $55,000 to be donated to 17 nonprofit organizations.
According to treasurer Donn Wolfe, half of that money will go to the eight northeast Ohio organizations on the list, the other half will go to groups further afield, ranging from local to international organizations. The donation to the CLAW Endowment, which ensures that charitable giving would continue should CLAW cease to be held, is not counted in that total.
Next year’s CLAW 12 will again be hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn from April 25 to 28.
Scott O’Hara (October 16, 1961 – February 18, 1998) was an American pornographic performer, author, poet, editor and publisher. Rising to prominence during the mid 1980s for his work in such gay adult films as Winner Takes All, Ramcharger, The Other Side Of Aspen 2, Below The Belt and In Your Wildest Dreams, O’Hara went on to write three books, Do It Yourself Piston Polishing (for Non-Mechanics), Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane, and Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O’Hara, as well as editing and publishing the quarterly men’s journal, Steam.
LIFETIME MEMBERS, with a $2,500 one-time donation, receive:
- A personalized clear resin obelisk, specially commissioned by the Foundation, inscribed with their name.
- Their name engraved on a marble pedestal in TOM House that honors major contributors to ToFF.
- A copy of Taschen’s TOM OF FINLAND XXL.
- A ToFF patched designed by TOM and a TOM T-shirt.
Here’s a quick and easy way to say, “YES, I support the erotic arts”. You determine the exact amount of your gift. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Archive, so your donation is deductible to the extent allowed by law.
In 1984, ToFF, the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Educational Archive was established.
As Tom (Touko Laaksonen) had achieved worldwide recognition
as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation’s original purpose
was to preserve his vast catalog of work.
Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art
in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or
generated a sexual response.
Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public
as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting
healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.
Benoît Prévot (French)
Prévot is a French illustrator and comic artist that creates stylish homo-erotica. He studied in the EMSAT (Municipal School of Art and Technics). The artist says, “My favorite medium is ink and graphite on paper, because I work a lot in black and white and I like the firm contact of the pencil on the paper. I’m trying to make oil now. It is a new pleasure, but this is not so easy to work on as a soft surface with a pencil that is soft too. When I want to do a new drawing with something fun in it, in connection with eroticism, I start to find an idea, a situation. I think then I make sketches and after that I start the piece. I used to draw the peoples most of the time with my imagination. I have models who pose for me sometimes and this is how I really like to work.”